agriculture

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National Weather Service forecasters say four inches of rain have fallen over the last 24 hours making flooding worse in some areas, even over recently planted fields.

Bob Bruner is an Extension Educator at the Purdue Extension in Owen and Clay Counties. He says a food shortage shouldn’t be a concern from acres of fields under water, just the financial well-being of farmers.

Purdue University Hires First Extension Hemp Specialist

Jun 14, 2019
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Purdue University has hired its first hemp specialist to educate farmers and processors.

Commercial hemp production is expected to be underway in Indiana by 2020, after lawmakers legalized it in this year’s session. Indiana farmers and state officials are preparing for commercial hemp production, but questions about the plant linger.

The university appointed Marguerite Bolt to be Purdue Extension’s hemp specialist, with the task of educating interested parties. She says her job will help lift some weight off of other researchers at the university.

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Indiana Senator Todd Young is pressing the USDA to quickly provide clear guidelines on how farmers can receive additional aid from the federal government.

Farmers across the country are set to receive $3 billion in a disaster relief bill that President Trump signed into law last week.  

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President Donald Trump’s proposed 15 percent cut in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture could have a big impact on Hoosier farmers. 

The budget reduction would likely result in cuts to the federal crop insurance program. It’s part of a broader plan to reduce government spending. 

Farmers have increased their debt in recent years to compensate for lower commodity prices, leading many lenders to require farmers to carry crop insurance.  

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  The number of Hoosier farmers who filed for bankruptcy increased significantly last year. The American Farm Bureau says Chapter 12 bankruptcy filings in Indiana increased 36 percent, while national numbers decreased slightly.

The Indiana Farm Bureau says the large surplus of soybeans and corn, paired with the impact of Chinese tariffs, is forcing farmers to tighten their budgets.

Bob White is the Director of National Government Relations for the Indiana Farm Bureau. He says 15 farms underwent Chapter 12 Bankruptcy last year, and worries more could be added in 2019.

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